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How to Make Drapes

How to Make Drapes

Making your own drapes helps you to match drapes with the decor of your home. But how to make drapes that looks elegant and professional? Here are some ideas for making drapes and curtains for your home.
DecorDezine Staff
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2018
To make a house a home, you need to pay close attention to the décor of the rooms. Window treatment has a big role to play in the ambiance and look of a room. The right choice of window treatment will make a room look fresh and help in creating the atmosphere that you are looking for.
Most home owners have a hard time finding the perfect modern drapes that complements the décor of the house. If you too are encountering such problems, then you should consider making your own curtains and drapes. Making drapes might sound intimidating, but with a bit of planning and good designing, you can make drapes that will be stunning.
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The most important thing to remember while designing drapes yourself is to select the best fabrics for drapes with a great pattern. Choose a pattern of fabric that complements the rest of the décor of the room.
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If you have a dramatic piece of furniture in the room like a loveseat or a chaise lounge, match the color of the drapes to the color of the furniture. 
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Choose light colored and sheer drapes if you want to give the room an airy atmosphere and darker and heavier drapes for a formal room.
Sheer Drapes with Ribbon Trimming
Sheer drapes gives a room an airy atmosphere and is a good choice for the living room or patio. To make sheer curtains with ribbon trimming, first you need to measure the length and width of the windows and then purchase sheer fabric accordingly. Choose a color that complements the wall paint of the room.
Also purchase wide organza ribbons in a color that matches or contrasts with the color of the sheer fabric. Once you have all the supplies at hand, cut the sheer fabric according to the dimensions of the windows and then hem the edges on a sewing machine. 
Once you are done sewing the edges of the sheer fabric, cut the organza ribbons to the same length as that of the curtain, adding about 7 inches for the top of the curtain. Sew the organza ribbons lengthwise along the edges of the sheer curtain, leaving the 7 inch excess ribbon hanging from the top.
Cut two more ribbons in the same dimensions and sew them at equal intervals along the length of the drapes. Fold the 7 inch of the ribbons hanging from the top of the curtains to create tabs. Your sheer drapes are ready and all you need to do is hang them on a curtain rod by the tabs.
Stenciled Window Drapes
Sometimes by just adding interesting embellishments to old drapes, you can transform them completely. To make stenciled window drapes, you will need old drapes in a solid color, stencil, paintbrush and paint. You can make your own stencil by tracing out a design on card paper and then cutting out the pattern.
If making your own stencil sounds too risky to you, then you can download a pattern from the internet. Once you have chosen your stencil, place the drape over a table lined with old newspaper. Next, place the stencil over the drape and tape the stencil in place with masking tape.
Apply the paint over the stencil with the paintbrush and allow the paint to dry completely. Remove masking tape and then carefully remove the stencil from the drape. Place the stencil over the fabric again and follow the same steps as before. Once you are done stenciling the entire fabric, your new transformed drapes are ready.
Drapes with Buttons
If you are wondering how to make drapes for windows that are gorgeous and one of a kind, without spending too much, then this idea will work very well for you.
Purchase plain drapes in a neutral hue like off white or navy blue. Gather different sized and colored buttons and arrange them in a starburst pattern over the drapes. Glue the buttons in place with the help of fabric glue and allow them to dry. This will make an excellent drape for a kids bedroom or playroom.
These were too interesting ideas for making drapes at home. If you are new at sewing, then adding ribbons, lace and other embellishments to plain store bought curtains is a great way to customize your drapes.
The right window treatments can enhance the look of a room so choose them with care. Now that you know how to make drapes, you can say goodbye to boring and expensive store bought drapes and make them yourself at home.